August 13, 2010

Open for business

Shenandoah quarterbacks
Shenandoah has 131 players in camp, a few above average.
Shenandoah athletics photo

By the end of the weekend, every team that plays in Week 1 will have opened preseason camp.

The first five days of camp for all teams are a conditioning period, during which no more than one practice may take place and practice may not exceed three hours in length. The first two days are helmets only, followed by two days in helmets and shoulder pads and full pads thereafter.

The average Division III roster is a lot larger than most people think. In Kickoff, we report the number of players that came to camp for each school we cover and found that more than 20,000 players can say they play Division III football on an annual basis.

This weekend, Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan are meeting to tackle the biggest collaboration of Kickoff: the ranking. Every year, the pair rank all of the Division III football teams, from top to bottom.

Make sure you represent your school: UW-Whitewater leads the way, with Hardin-Simmons, St. John's, Occidental and Hampden-Sydney fans rounding out the top five fan bases in Kickoff purchases. Sales help fund our Division III coverage year-round, plus they get you informed on everything you need before the Division III football season starts.

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